Natural World
arrow left arrow right
photo contest slideshow
Red Sea
Purple Sea
Fireworks Over the Mississippi
Jump- Yip
Spirits of the Native Americans in the deserts of Arizona
Celebration of our Nation's 242nd Birthday
Momma and the 3 little bears
4th of July in Wrightwood
A beautiful sunset on Marshall's Beach in San Francisco
Daughter with Parents
The Anna Ruby Falls in Georgia
Frozen Reine
16th Annual Photo Contest
Jump- Yip

Animal: Prairie Dogs Location: South Dakota, United States of America Experience the energy these Prairie Dogs possess as you look into the photo depicting their personality. Prairie Dogs are one of the most interesting animals on the planet. Just like humans, Prairie Dogs are extremely social animals and they live in massive towns. To make their towns more local, Prairie Dogs form and live in tight- knit family groups called coteries. Gazing out at a Prairie Dog town, or just at one coterie, all you hear are little chirp sounds. These animals might be cute, but they do not lack intelligence. Prairie Dogs have one of the most complex languages surpassing whales, dolphins, and primates. The only animal with a more complex language are us, humans. On the scenic plains of South Dakota, I was visiting an underground city where Prairie Dogs lived. As I approached the town I started to inch my way closer and closer crawling on my stomach. As time passed, I finally crawled to a elegantly elevated small hill where a family of Prairie Dogs resided. As the sun started to set, the family of prairie dogs enjoyed sunning themselves next to their home entrance. There was something wrong. Suddenly, one Prairie Dog stood up on its hind legs and fixated on the natural grass blowing in the wind. After a short period of time, a Coyote revealed itself in a clearing about a quarter mile from the town. To alert the town of danger multiple chirps were exchanged. As the Coyote gazed at the town, it then turned back and started to run away. As the Coyote was leaving, the Prairie Dog on the righthand side of the image jumped up in the air and vocalized a wee-oo sound giving the all- clear message. This behavior is called the jump- yip. Just like the wave at a sports event, this behavior is contagious and all other Prairie Dogs in the town mimicked the jump- yip. This moment shows why Mother Nature is truly the greatest artist of us all.

TAGS: South Dakota

photographer avatar
Tampa, Florida, United States of America
Member since 2016
Photo Information
© Thomas Chadwick.
All rights reserved.
Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 09.2017
Total Views: 54
Filed Under: Natural World
Camera Information
Date Uploaded: July 4, 2018, 8:42 p.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Focal Length: 840mm
Shutter Speed: 1/500
Aperture: f5.6
Report This
PHOTO LOCATION South Dakota, United States of America